City of Kabbalah

From the writings of Rabbi Leah Novick, author of On the Wings of Shekhinah

Kabbalah is a Jewish spiritual philosophy which illuminates the nature of God, the creation of the world, the descent of the soul, and the purpose of life on this earth and beyond. Grounded in traditional Jewish religious practice (belief in the sacredness of the Torah and the observance of the 613 “mitzvoth” or positive instructions) the seminal literature of this mystical system (Sefer Bahir and Sefer Yetzirah) first appeared in scholarly Medieval Jewish circles.

The Zohar or Book of Brilliance appeared around the end of the 13th century and was offered as a compilation of ancient esoteric wisdom. Much of the material was presented in parables and legends that provide unique and profound interpretations of the Old Testament.

The development of the system of Sephirot (energy emanations of the Divine arranged on a Cosmic Tree of Life) followed, with implications for use by adepts in prayer, devotion, spiritual evolution and planetary healing. The 16th and 17th century Kabbalists of Safed in Northern Israel, and the miracle working Rabbis of 18th and 19th century Eastern Europe, added new dimensions to the study, teaching and application of Kabbalah to both personal and community life.

This very complex system has a truly simple goal; to teach us that human beings hold the imprint of the Divine and have within them the faculties and capacity to bring down the flow of light energy into this physical dimension. Humans, created in God’s image, are thus endowed with the ability to serve as the bridge between heaven and earth and are therefore capable of impacting on the direction of the universe towards an enlightened future.

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